Magazine article Screen International

Non-Lottery, Non-BFI Film Funding to Be Chopped in Half as Part of UK's Budget Cuts

Magazine article Screen International

Non-Lottery, Non-BFI Film Funding to Be Chopped in Half as Part of UK's Budget Cuts

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After yesterday's sweeping cuts across the board by the UK government, it has emerged that film-sector funding outside Lottery funds and the British Film Institute (BFI) has been slashed by over 50%.

The Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has confirmed to Screen that the annual grant-in-aid budget for film in each of the next four years will be around £18.618m, down from £23.9m in the year 2010/11. After counting the BFI's newly reduced annual budget, that leaves just £4.655m for all other film activities (excluding Lottery development/production funding which the government has pledged to maintain at current levels).That £4.655m will have to cover:

inward investment and the work of the British Film Commissioner

National and regional screen agencies

research and statistics

film exports

certification (assessing which films qualify as British and are therefore eligible for Lottery funding and/or UK Film Tax Relief)

diversity initiatives

anti-piracy initiatives

co-production support

The UK MEDIA Desk activities

Sponsorship of work such as The UK Film Centre at Cannes

At the UKFC, these functions had a 2010/11 budget of £9.37m (that figure does include UKFC overheads). …

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